BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "This is a great time to implement this program to match employers looking for employees with people who are looking for work," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said.
Especially since unemployment numbers released for December 2012 in the Buffalo-Niagara region were up from December 2011.
"If every business in Buffalo and Western New York hired just one unemployed city residents, 22,000 Buffalonians would be back to work," Brown said.
And that's exactly what city officials are asking of local employers through the Hire Buffalo program.
"We are encouraging Buffalo area residents to commit to hire at least one unemployed resident."
And in exchange for their involvement, businesses are set to gain more than just new employees.
"We think it's very important for companies to get the recognition that they're hiring and that they're putting people back to work,” Buffalo Business First publisher Jack Connors said.
Buffalo Business First has promised to run ads recognizing those businesses who commit to the program over the course of the next year and they've already seen success in the form of 13,000 new hires in Atlanta over a six month period.
"When they finished the program they were running two and a half to three pages of business names to recognize those companies,” he said.
According to the state labor department, unemployment is down .9 percent statewide from August but was up .6 percent in the Buffalo-Niagara region as of last month. Brown said companies across Western New York are eligible for the program.
"It will reach out into the suburbs as well. We are one region, we are essentially one community."
For more information on Hire Buffalo or to register visit Hire Buffalo